For the third consecutive year, Las Vegas plays host to Skate America. Thankfully this time round there will be real spectators and not cardboard cutouts. Although we will miss seeing the Gecko. No really. Here are all the essential details that we put together for your viewing pleasure!
When is it on?
The competition begins Friday, 22 October and concludes Sunday, 24 October.
Who is skating?
In the men’s event, there is reigning three-time World champion Nathan Chen (USA), 2018 Olympic silver medallist Shoma Uno (JPN), 2019 World bronze medallist Vincent Zhou (USA) and 2019 Grand Prix Final bronze medallist Kevin Aymoz (FRA).
Alexandra Trusova (RUS) headlines the women’s event where she will be competing against 2020 World Junior silver medallist Daria Usacheva (RUS), two-time World silver medallist Satoko Miyahara (JPN) and 2018 Four Continents champion Kaori Sakamoto (JPN).
The class of the pairs field are two-time European champions Evgenia Tarasova and Vladimir Morozov (RUS) and 2020 European champions Aleksandra Boikova and Dmitrii Kozlovskii (RUS), but watch out for the rapidly improving Riku Miura and Ryuichi Kihara (JPN).
Madison Hubbell and Zachary Donohue (USA) are aiming to add a fourth straight Skate America title to their resumes. They will be pushed hard by teammates and two-time World medallists Madison Chock and Evan Bates (USA). Laurence Fournier Beaudry and Nikolaj Sorensen (CAN) took bronze when they competed in Las Vegas back in 2019.
Everything you need to know (and some things you did not) about the skaters, the competition schedule and results can be viewed here.
When is the skating on?
Far too early/too late (delete as applicable) most probably. The times listed for Skate America are local and if you want to know what the time difference is between where you are and Las Vegas then this link is your friend.
Where can I watch the pretty skaters?
The wonderful and very helpful people at the ISU have compiled a handy guide as to where you can view this season’s Grand Prix of Figure Skating Series in a whole host of countries and territories. For everyone else, there is the ISU Skating YouTube channel.
What are the hashtags?
#GPFigure #FigureSkating #SkateAmerica
Happy Grand Prix season everyone!